After a limp performance against Leicester on Sunday, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has just a few hours to bring in reinforcements to bolster his side before the transfer window closes.
Despite signing Alexis Sanchez, Calum Chambers and Mathieu Debuchy this summer, the Gunners are still looking to strengthen in defence and midfield, and with Olivier Giroud out until the new year Wenger could also be in the market for a striker.
Welbeck on the way?
The Gunners are facing a race against time to finalise a deal for Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck, who has been told he can leave Old Trafford.
Arsenal have reportedly agreed a fee of £16m for the young England striker, but with minutes left in the transfer window The Guardian says that the deal is not yet done and dusted.
"Arsenal had wanted to explore a loan deal but Welbeck has made it clear that he will only consider a permanent move," reports the paper. "Any transfer is also complicated by United's reluctance to sell to a direct rival and privately Arsenal are not overly confident of securing the player's signature."
However, it is understood that the necessary paperwork was completed before the 11pm deadline.
#AFC have agreement with #MUFC for permanent Welbeck signing. Fee in region of £16m, no issues expected with medical & terms #bbcdeadlineday
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) September 1, 2014
Falcao chase comes to nothing
The Gunners were thought to be favourites to sign the Colombian striker but have missed out to old rivals Manchester United, who still pack a punch in the transfer market, even if their on-field powers are waning.
Rumours at the start of the day suggested the 28-year-old Monaco player would head to Arsenal or Manchester City after his proposed move to Real Madrid hit the buffers. But United, who had not been heavily linked with the player, have unexpectedly secured his signature. He was due to fly into Manchester by private jet this afternoon to complete the move.
The exact nature of the deal is unclear, but the Daily Mail reports that United will pay Monaco £12m for the privilege of taking their striker for the season and will pay him £200,000 a week.
Gunners to sign Spurs hero?
In a deal that would rival United's Falcao swoop for shock value the Gunners are being linked with a move for former Spurs striker Jermain Defoe. The former England forward is set to quit MLS side Toronto six months into a four-year contract, and the Daily Mirror reports: "Arsenal have been sounded out about the possibility of signing Jermain Defoe on loan."
The paper explains that the player is looking for a club in London, but is more likely to join his former manager Harry Redknapp at QPR.
To be clear. Defoe has been offered to Wenger. Yet to establish whether he is interested in taking him on loan.
— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) September 1, 2014
Benfica want Joel Campbell
After spending three years out on loan Costa Rican striker Joel Campbell was finallty drafted into the Arsenal first team squad at the start of the season, but after being overlooked during Arsenal's limp draw with Leicester the player could be headinf out of the Emirates.
According to reports in Portugal, the striker has urged Wenger to let him leave so he can play regular first team football. Sports paper O Jogo claims that Benfica are willing to pay €10m for him.
However, the Daily Mail reports that the Arsenal boss is unwilling to sell the player, even though he appears to be below misfit Lukas Podolski and misfiring Yaya Sanogo in the Gunners pecking order. "Wenger insisted last week that Campbell will stay at Arsenal after resisting repeated attempts by other clubs to take him on loan," says the paper.
Arsenal enquire about Vlaar
The Daily Mirror claims that Arsenal have "made discreet enquiries" about Aston Villa's Dutch defender Ron Vlaar, who enjoyed an excellent World Cup campaign with Holland in the summer.
The Gunners are said to be keen to sign another central defender, as youngster Calum Chambers is the only recognised cover for Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny.
"Arsenal have gone for Borussia Dortmund's Sokratis Papastathopoulos but the deal has stalled because of his wage demands and wrangle over transfer fee," says the Mirror. "They have also looked at Manchester City's unsettled Matija Nastasic but that is unlikely to happen unless they lower their price.
But could make move for Nastasic
However, Metro believes that Nastasic could end up at the Emirates and reports that the Gunners have "held talks with Manchester City" over the player.
It claims that Wenger will make a last-minute decision on which of the defenders to chase. "Both players would cost in excess of £10m to sign, and Arsenal are prepared to leave it late before deciding which one to bring in."
Arsenal will make a move for Aston Villa’s Ron Vlaar and/or Man City’s Matija Nastasic today. (Daily Mail) pic.twitter.com/af0DS47tlV
— Footy (@Footy) September 1, 2014
No deal for Rabiot
Another player who has been linked with the Gunners but is about to slip through their fingers is Adrien Rabiot of Paris Saint-Germain. "Reports originally suggested that Rabiot was heading to London with his agent to thrash out negotiations.," says the Daily Express, which notes that Wenger had distanced himself from the speculation surrounding the player.
It goes on to note "French paper L'Equipe claims Roma are the frontrunners for the 19-year-old's signature", and says they have offered £11.9m fot the 19-year-old midfielder. ·